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  • What can i say? Yet another fantastic album from Bush! Even ill-intentioned critics from publicatins that pride themselves on “despising” the band have reluctantly admitted what a developed, original, mature, and talented rock band Bush have proved (once again) that they are in this new release, The Science of Things. Gavin Rossdale’s songwriting has blossomed more than one would imagine it could from album to album, providing not only love/relationship songs, but political commentaries, technological quirks, and communication issues to name a few. Aside from lyrics, Bush has also shown much development in instrumental and song-structural abilities. The hookiest of all guitar hooks being “Warm Machine”, the ballsy excursion into experimental formats and the less commonly accepted formula for pop/rock hits in “English Fire”, a chorus that makes you long for rock-stardom so that you can join in on “Prizefighter” and verses that do the same on “Disease of the Dancing Cats.” But of course, what Bush album would be complete without contradiction and contrast and the massive dynamics of humanity: love and hate, loud and soft, romantic yet angry, helpful yet vengeful, powerful yet bruised. These dynamics are prominent in songs like “Dead Meat”, “Mindchanger”, and “Jesus Online.” Beautiful ballads grace the album in the form of “40 Miles from the Sun” and the moving “Letting the Cables Sleep.” As usual, Nigel Pulsford is littering songs with perfectly fitting and amazingly original guitar riffs and dissonant echoes while drummer Robin Goodridge and bassist Dave Parsons build their rock-solid sonic wall of rhythm over which Pulsford’s guitar shines and Rossdale’s guitar prowess is steadily gaining momentum. All of which occurs as Rossdale’s ever-emotional vocals soar. Textures of technology (i.e. drum loops, bleeps, etc.) only enhance the musical and emotional artistry of the Science of Things. If we have to wait 3 more years for another Bush album, it’s alright because we’ll constantly be discovering the beauties of this one. Invest in this album!

    Posted on November 20, 2009